Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Homer B. Reed
In view of the number of vocabulary tests that have been made in recent years and the resulting widespread use of estimates based on them, the question of whether or not a reliable absolute estimate of a person ' s vocabulary can be made from existing tests is of paramount importance . Before attacking the problem, it was necessary to define "an individual's vocabulary." It was decided that in this study vocabulary would mean not merely the number of words a person could use, but the total number of words the meanings of which he could recognize. A "reliable estimate" was taken to mean an estimate established within narrow limits and not subject to valid dispute.
Copyright 1939 George Wendell Kellogg
Kellogg, George Wendell, "The Measurement of Vocabulary of High School Students : A Study of The Reliability of Existing Tests" (1939). Master's Theses. 297.